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Hackney Council to host Windrush compensation scheme advice session: 2 March

Hackney Council is set to hold a free advice and support session for residents affected by the Windrush scandal. 

The event will be facilitated by Cllr Carole Williams, the Council’s Windrush lead. Independent immigration lawyer Martin Forde QC and staff from the Citizens Advice Bureau will also be on hand to offer support and advice. Both Cllr Williams and Martin Forde have been instrumental in ensuring the Windrush scandal is addressed and the Home Office are held to account to provide compensation. 

The event is open to anyone affected by the scandal, with experts on hand to offer free, confidential advice on how to apply to the Government’s compensation scheme.

Community groups and those who may be in a position to help older family members are particularly encouraged to attend. The drop-in session will offer practical information on the Windrush Compensation Scheme. A video, group discussions and one-to-one sessions will be hosted throughout the evening and leaflets will be provided to take home. 

Cllr Carole Williams, Cabinet Member for Employment, Skills and Human Resources
Cllr Carole Williams said: “Many will have lost confidence in the Home Office but I urge anyone who has been affected by the Windrush scandal to come along so they can find out whether they're entitled to a compensation payment. I'm aware that offering compensation will not undo the harm done but there are many people from non-government organisations ready to listen and help with applications."

Cllr Carole Williams, Cabinet Member for Employment, Skills and Human Resources

Compensation is available for those who have suffered because they couldn’t easily demonstrate their right to live in the UK. This includes loss of employment, loss of housing, impact education, non-access to banking, wrongful deportation and immigration fees incurred, plus any impact on ‘normal daily life’ and mental health. There is no limit to the amount of money that could be paid out. 

The scheme is open to anyone from a Commonwealth country, regardless of nationality, who arrived before 1 January 1973, and those with a ‘right of abode’ or ‘settled status’ who arrived in the UK before 31 December 1988. Compensation is also open to family members such as children, grandchildren and carers. 

To meet people who can help in a relaxed, confidential and safe space, come to the free drop-in session 2 March, Hackney Museum, 1 Reading Lane, Hackney, London E8 1GQ 4:00 pm - 7:00pm. 


If you are unable to attend but still need help you can call the freephone Windrush helpline: (0)800 678 1925 Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm. 

You can also email: WindrushCompensationScheme@homeoffice.gov.uk 

If you are overseas you can email and request a callback. 

For more information on how Hackney is supporting its Windrush Generation visit Hackney Council online. 

The scheme is open to anyone from a Commonwealth country. A list of Commonwealth countries is available here.